Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) is an inclusive programme that will transform the lives of a generation of children in South Sudan – especially girls and those in the margins of society– through education.

In 2021 there were 199,001 girls enrolled in Primary 1 (P1) but only 11,275 in Secondary 4 (S4). GESS is on a mission to change that. Here's how:



Behaviour Change Communication
Behaviour Change Communication

Creating an enabling social-cultural environment for supporting girls’ education through social and behaviour change communication through radio and community outreach.

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Cash Transfers
Cash Transfers

Direct payments made to girls regularly attending school to help them buy things they need, and contribute to poverty reduction in the family and the community.

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Capitation Grants
Capitation Grants

Providing reliable funding to schools to remove registration fees for students and parents, reduce the cost of education and encourage families to send their children to school.

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Quality Education
Quality Education

Offering practical support to schools, teachers and education managers to improve the quality of education, decrease drop-out and repetition rates.

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Knowledge, Evidence, Research & Learning
Knowledge, Evidence, Research & Learning

Studying and understand more about the issues that prevent girls from going to school, staying in school and learning while at school.

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Stories of Change

Empowering School Management Bodies in South Sudan

“School governing bodies are a very essential unit in the management and running of a school. These are the most pivotal bodies responsible for the day-to-today running of schools, and without them, schools cannot operate well,” Andabati, Teaching and Learning Materials Coordinator Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS). As part of…

Capitation Grant Helps to Boost the Sciences

Loyola Secondary School in Wau, Western Bahr el Ghazal State received capitation grants from the Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) programme in both 2020 and 2021. Capitation grants are funds made available to all not-for-profit schools (government, community, and faith-based schools) to help supplement running costs and improve the learning…

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GESS Statistics Summary

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